Earlier today JonNYC who is a very reliable source posted on Flyertalk about American Airlines re-coding their Domestic first class into Business class.
Domestic First (non-transcontinental) will book into a J fare but will be marketed as “First”
International and Trans-con flights with 3 cabin’s will stay the same and be booked as “First”
What does this mean?
This means that these fare changes will earn a lot less then what they do now. As a Qantas Platinum retaining the status in Australia can be very expensive however, you could earn the status for a quarter of the price if you did AA Domestic first flights.
Earning over 500 status credits for $1400 was very hard to beat!
I really hope these changes don’t come into affect soon but who knows, AA haven’t been making the best enhancements this year…